Special Convention in Nagercoil on Manipur Violence
by G Ramesh

A special convention around the issue of Manipur attacks was organised by CPIML on 15th September 2023, at Nagercoil under the title, “Will Never Forgive Manipur Attacks and Will Not Rest Until the Modi Regime is Overthrown”.

The special convention, which witnessed a massive gathering began with inspiring songs by comrade Kovan and his team of Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhakam (Association for the People’s Art and Literature). The militant songs provided a spirited environment for the convention.

Com. Shankar, PBM gave a clarion call to unseat the Modi regime from the echelons of power in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. He asserted that Manipur is only a dress rehearsal for turning the entire country to be filled with hate and violence which will not be allowed by the people of Tamil Nadu anymore. He also upheld the display of unity of workers and farmers as a model of protest in the coming days. He appealed to the people to join the joint struggles on 3 October demanding action against the culprits for killing farmers in Lakhimpur Keri and also called upon the people to join the joint demonstrations on 26 – 28 November. He traced the history of anti-Sanatan struggles in Tamil Nadu and called for eradicating the ideology of fascism and obscurantism from the soil.

Com. Thirumavalavan, the founder president and MP delivered a detailed talk on the caste system in the country and the need for waging a powerful struggle against Sanatanam. He also said that santanam is nothing but an ideology of Brahminical domination. Com. Thiruma also came down heavily on the varna system and Manu Smriti and recollected Babsaheb Ambedkar’s powerful statement that he will never die as a Hindu.

Com. Periyasamy, state assistant secretary of CPI and also a former MLA, elaborated on the happenings in Manipur and asserted that Modi government is killing the constitution and the democracy. He also underlined that the contributions of NK Natarajan for the development of the party in the state should also be acknowledged along the lines of contributions by Charu Mazumdar and Vinod Mishra.

Com. Madhukur Ramalingam, a member of the state executive committee of CPIM, appreciated the effort of CPIML to organise such a convention on a most sensitive subject in the country today. He also said that the special convention by the CPIML is also a launch pad for the campaign towards parliament elections by INDIA alliance in Tamil Nadu.

Com. Farooq of Manitha Neya Makkal Katchi (The People’s Party of Humanism), an orgnaisation fighting for the rights of minorities in the state and also a part of the INDIA alliance in the state explained the ongoing attacks on Christian minorities and called upon to join hands to fight for saving the constitution and democracy.

Com. Kaliappan of Makkal Adhikaram (Peoples’ Power) explained the undemocratic and fascist nature of the Modi led BJP government and said that the fascism is the number one danger the country is facing today. He also expressed the willingness of the organisation to work together to fight against fascism.

Com. Krishnaveni, one of the functionaries of AIPWA and also member of the Fact Finding Team of CPIML that visited Manipur recently, provided first hand account of happenings in Manipur.

Com. Asaithambi, the state secretary and the CCM, called upon the partners of INDIA alliance to come and march together in the state to fight BJP’s sinister designs to make a foothold in the state. He also said that the state BJP president Annamalai’s march is aimed at taking the state of progressive values to barbarian times which should be foiled at any cost.

Com. Sankara Pandian, the president of AICCTU, emphasized the role of the working class in fighting fascism.

Com. Anthony Muthu presided over the meeting while Suseela welcomed the gathering. CCM comrade Balasundaram and the state standing committee member G Ramesh were also present on the occasion and facilitated the success of the special convention.

Special Convention in Nagercoil on Manipur Violence